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Community gardens and sustainable urban design

Community gardens and sustainable urban design

Community gardens have gained a lot of attention and popularity over the past years in terms of community-driven and sustainable urban design, which can help cities in addressing their social, economic and environmental problems. Although South Korean and Slovene cities don’t have much in common at first sight the Community Eco Garden in Maribor may...
Lessons to learn from Bandung Creative City Forum

Lessons to learn from Bandung Creative City Forum

Bandung is the 3rd largest city by population in Indonesia, located in the western part of Java island. The city is considered to be one of the major cultural hub in Indonesia, with their garment manufacturing, arts and design industry as the city’s pride. Bandung Cityscape Mr. Ridwan Kamil, an architect and a lecturer in Bandung Technology...
De-centralisation of the Arts, Taiwan

De-centralisation of the Arts, Taiwan

Refined Chinese “high” culture as staged in Taiwan. Background Two types of culture in Taiwan exists: one, the Chinese high culture brought over by the retreated Kuo Min Tang (KMT), two, the actual local culture of Taiwan. Real Taiwanese culture has been suppressed in the rule of KMT initially but the 1990s Taiwanization movement has...
Reclamation of Ambiguous Space

Reclamation of Ambiguous Space

  The ‘common’ void deck, when not in use for large public events such as funerals or weddings, is largely a long cuboid hall; except for the columns or walls at every 6m interval. How this space is constantly transforming between different usage for recreation, weddings, funerals and other uses, is a result of the...
Relevance of Traditional Wet Markets, as a Communal Space that Promotes Community Bonding, in Singapore’s Public Housing Estates.

Relevance of Traditional Wet Markets, as a Communal Space that Promotes Community Bonding, in Singapore’s Public Housing Estates.

Introduction In recent years, there has been much hype over keeping the traditional wet markets by bringing in more activities and function to make it a less time dictated communal space. Rapid process of urban redevelopment is transforming the way people are interacting with the spaces around them, particular in the up and coming high-density...
Fresh approaches to urban design in the metropolitan Seoul

Fresh approaches to urban design in the metropolitan Seoul

Seoul is one of the world’s most dense cities. While the city is internationally known for the rapid economic growth and massive urban development in the past, it is largely overlooked that fresh approaches to urban development, which differ from the earlier period, are taking place in the metropolitan Seoul. One approach is related to...
The World of Malls #1

The World of Malls #1

Today, there are 70 odd of shopping centre in Jakarta. This will put Jakarta as city with the largest number of shopping centre in the world. (Kompas.com, 21 February 2011) If we tried to categorized these 70 malls (excluding Global scale malls) based on the total retail area in relation to its catchment zone by...
The Social Memories of a Voiddeck

The Social Memories of a Voiddeck

“downstair” Directed By Diya Tan Produced By Quek Hui Min, Helmi Ali Director of Photography PK Tan This film was produced as a final-year project in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. All Rights Reserved 2008. downstair. A colloquial and affectionate term used by many when referring...
Insurgent Space in Singapore?

Insurgent Space in Singapore?

Every Sunday, the strip of land flanking a long canal way in Singapore becomes the site for ‘insurgent spatial practices’ – a concept popularized by Jeffrey Hou in his book, “Insurgent Public Space: Guerilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities”. Hou describes insurgent public space as a mode of city-making that is different from conventional...
Whose void deck is it anyway? Not here then where?

Whose void deck is it anyway? Not here then where?

Recently, the communal beauty that the void deck represented has been tainted with a case of ‘NIMBY’ or ‘Not in my Backyard’, a concern recently raised my our own Prime Minister. A couple of months ago, residents in Woodlands and Toh Yi petitioned against the construction of elder case facilities in their own estates, claiming that it was not that...
The Politics in Public housing : the ideology driver of the government

The Politics in Public housing : the ideology driver of the government

Pinnacle @ Duxton. Topped out with a viewing gallery soaring 50 stories above ground only open to VIPs, is THE crowning glory of Singapore’s Public Housing Development Since the inception of Singapore, the PAP government has never strayed from its commitment to provide public housing for the whole nation. To them, continuing support for public...
Community in a high rise environment

Community in a high rise environment

  Enjoying the last few moments together before it walks into history –  Block 9 Ghim Moh Road Appreciating the obstacles to its emergence, the need for community in high-rise residential housing estates has always been an important concern of planners and architects. Invariably, every architectural drawing of a single blocks of flats will provide...